2011 Buyer's Guide Shoes
2011's new kicks will help you rip it
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|This year’s golf shoe offerings are a diverse bunch, to say the least. From street-wear shoes that bring to mind skate culture, to spikeless shoes that piggyback the barefoot-running trend, 2011 may well be remembered as the year that golf shoes really broke the mold. All that said, if you still fancy yourself a traditionalist, don’t fret. There are still plenty of classic styles to choose from. Whether young and hip or mature and old-school, manufacturers have designed something for everyone.|
CallawaySure the FT Chevâ Blucher has classic looks, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t modern "under the hood." Consider its Outlast Technology that moderates your foot temperature, or its OrthoLite open-cell foam insoles that provide enhanced breathability, moisture control, anti-microbial
Ft Chevâ Blucher
properties and long-term cushioning. Under the Chevâ Blucher’s ball, heel and midsole, Callaway has positioned its Comfort Tech Gel Pods to relieve pressure and provide comfort. Smart.
FootJoyFeaturing a proprietary waterproofing system called ECL (Extreme Comfort Leather), the DryJoys Tour from FootJoy guarantees that no agua will penetrate your shoes for at least two years. But that’s not all these ultracomfortable and supportive new kicks feature. Look for full leather linings, a polyurethane foot bed for supercushioned comfort and Cyclone cleats that grab the ground and won’t let go. Comes in eight different color options, including White Smooth/Brown Gator (shown).
True LinkswearPerhaps the year’s most-talked-about new golf shoe, the spikeless, low-to-the-ground True linkswear makes you feel like you’re not even wearing shoes. Features a wide toe box so your toes function independently and with no midsole, no spikes and a TPU sole that’s only 2.5mm thick; you’ll think you’re not wearing any shoes at all. The TPU “Ergo-Traction” platform maximizes surface contact and grip while walking and during the golf swing. These waterproof, lightweight (11 ounces!) kicks can be seen on the feet of PGA Tour pro, Ryan Moore.
Ecco GolfGolf’s first-ever natural-motion shoe has arrived. Ecco’s lightweight Biom Golf Hydromax features soft yak leather uppers and an anatomical last with flexible midsole arch support that mirrors your foot’s skeleton. Its dual-density TPU outsole brings players closer to the ground for improved feel and traction.
Biom Golf Hydromax
PumaAs seen on the feet of 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Rickie Fowler, PUMA’s new, full-grain leather (and waterproof) Cell Fusion shoes feature replaceable Smart Quill spikes and PUMA iCell cushioning in the forefront and heel, so you too can swing for the fences like Fowler. Puma and Fowler are making big, bold statements. Good to see. The Tour needs it.
NikeTour pro Paul Casey advised Nike on the creation of its new, lightweight Lunar Control shoes, and with professional input, you know they’re built for performance, stability and comfort. Features a waterproof leather upper, Lunarlon cushioning in heel and Nike Power Platform for more flexibility and greater natural motion. Oh, and they look cool, too.
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